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The Keto Adaptation Process

So, what is the keto adaptation process? Minimal consumption of carbohydrate (< 50 grams/day) for an extended period of time results in a phenomenon called keto adaptation. Keto adaptation denotes an altered metabolism in which fat becomes the predominant energy source, consequently, shifting the body from a state of fat storage to fat oxidation (1). The biochemical modifications essential to transition from a “glucocentric” (reliance on glucose for fuel) to an “adipocentric” (reliance on fatty acids and ketone bodies for fuel) metabolism require carbohydrate restriction for several weeks to months (2). Two common approaches to become keto-adapted include sustained consumption of a very low-carbohydrate/high-fat ketogenic diet (KD) or an extended period of fasting. Low Insulin / High Glucagon Surges of glucose enter the bloodstream after consumption and digestion of dietary carbohydrates. To prevent glucose from reaching high/toxic levels in the circulation, the pancreas releases insulin, a hormone that signals tissues to store excess glucose in the form of glycogen or leads to storage of fat in adipose tissue (body fat). On the other hand, restriction of carbohydrate intak Continue reading >>

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  1. yrys88

    Hi guys I take blood glucose reading in the mornings, Im a month into keto diet. So far my readings are around ~90-96 mg/dL. Shouldnt I be more like ~70-80 mg/dL or will that take time? How much time?

  2. anbeav

    What were they before keto? Your OP implies they were higher

  3. yrys88

    To be honest, I have no idea. Ive just started measuring about a week ago.

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FREE 6 Week Challenge: https://gravitychallenges.com/home65d... Fat Loss Calculator: http://bit.ly/2O6rsdo The carb cycling diet is one of my favorite diets because it is one of the fastest way to burn fat while retaining as much muscle as possible. Most people don't know that carb cycling is actually a form of ketogenic dieting. The ketogenic diet is a diet that is lower in carbohydrates, which makes our body convert more dietary fat and body fat in to keytones in the liver. Which it then goes on to use for energy. Like I've said in many of my videos the human body prefers to use carbs as its primary source of energy. You're body won't produce too many keytones on a high carbohydrate diet, because your body won't need extra energy from fat due to the fact that its getting its energy from the more preferred carbohydrates. The only way for our body to use more fat for energy is by not having its preferred source there all the time. Eliminating carbs completely, however can have many drawbacks on our health and well being. Protein, carbs, and fats are all important and necessary for our body. So in comes the cyclical ketogenic diet aka carb cycling and also known originally as the anabolic Diet. There are many different approaches to carb cycling, but the general idea is that At some points of the week you're going to have a high amount of carbohydrates, and at other points of the week you're going to have a low amount of carbohydrates. Setting up the high carb and low carb splits will vary from one plan to the next. Some people may have very small changes in the amount of carbs they have from day to day. An example of this would be to set up a low carb, medium carb, and high carb day. Let's say 300 grams of carbs on high carb, 250 grams of carbs on your medium carb, and 200 grams of carbs on your no carb day. Another more advanced approach would be to do a High carb, low carb, and no carb day. The way that I like to set this kind of split up is by having a high amount of carbs on my high carb day, which for me would be somewhere around 400 grams, I would have one third or at the most half that amount for low carb day, and then try to get as close to 0 grams as possible on my no carb day and then repeat. An even more advanced approach would be to just cycle between high and no carb days. Or take it even a step further and do high, no, no. I don't really recommend having any more than two no carb days in a row. Make sure you don't jump to any extreme carb restrictions. An example of this is doing a 800 calorie diet when you could lose weight and maintain a better body composition with a 1500 calorie diet. Jumping to an extreme will not help you lose weight faster, in fact it'll probably backfire. Also in case you're wondering what kind of food you can eat on your no carb day, some great options are fish, chicken breast, ground turkey, protein shakes, Steak occasionally, and you can also have healthy fat sources like avocados, coconut oil, olive oil. and fatty fish like Salmon. For carbs make sure you are eating good sources of carbs like oats, brown rice, and sweet potatoes and avoid the junk food carbs. You can incorporate one cheat meal on one high carb day in the week, but that's it one cheat meal. You may notice that your strength and energy levels may go down while dieting like this. In fact you may feel like straight up garbage in the beginning. Understand that a lot of people feel this way when creating any kind of a calorie deficit. You're body will take a little while to adapt to using fat for energy instead of carbs. So the first 2 weeks can feel miserable. Give your body some time to adapt. A good idea is to plan your high carb days the day before a heavy lifting day, because this way you have stored glycogen available for your heavy lifts the next day. If you have no idea how many carbs to have on each day, try using a calorie calculator to find your maintenance macros and then add at least 50 grams of carbs to get the number for your high carb day. I'll include a calorie calculator in the description. Once you have your high carb number you should be able to figure out your low carb day. No carb day is obviously no carbs. After doing a carb cycling plan you may need to do some reverse dieting

Glucose Numbers And Ketogenic Diet

GLUCOSE NUMBERS and KETOGENIC DIET When eating a ketogenic diet, the most exposure to carbohydrates is overnight especially towards morning as the liver produces glucose to keep your brain fueled and to prepare you for getting up. Therefore, if you are eating a very ketogenic diet, the blood ketones go up during the day as you burn more fat for fuel (as apposed to a high carb diet where the opposite happens). Something to consider, a ketogenic diet rapidly induces insulin resistance. This is a normal physiological response to carb restriction. Carb restriction drops insulin levels. Low insulin levels activate hormone sensitive lipase. This breaks down fatty tissue into ketone bodies (blood ketones). Your muscles prefer to run on ketones and so they become insulin resistant leaving the glucose in your blood for other cells (like the brain). However, while muscles are in “refusal mode” for glucose any glucose put into your bloodstream, from food or gluconeogenesis (blood glucose made from protein or other tissues), will rapidly spike blood glucose. This is fine if you stick to LC in your eating. It also means that if you take an oral glucose tolerance test you will fail and be la Continue reading >>

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  1. Skiman

    So I was told that you need to be in the range of 70-80 for glucose and 1.5-3.0 to be in Ketosis and be fat adapted. So what is the difference between fat adapted or being in ketosis the whole time.
    My numbers would rarely get in the 70-80's range but mainly would like to hang out around 85-94 Rane with a Keytone reading of 1.5 and greater. Although I was told on this Facebook group that I'm not fat adapted and perhaps not in Ketosis?
    Also my glucose readings were always higher in the mornings with a few exceptions of being in the high 70's.
    Can anyone shed light on this, I feel that the keto community has different optimal ranges for what they think is correct?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Barbara_Greenwood

    OK - "in ketosis" simply means your liver is producing ketones from partially metabolised fat. If you are more than 0.5 on your ketone meter, you are in ketosis. That will happen with about 48 hours of fasting or a few days of very low carb intake. It's an ephemeral state - eat more carbs, you'll make less ketones - eat less carbs, you'll make more ketones.
    Fat -adapted means that all the enzymes to do with fat metabolism have ramped up, so you are really good at burning fat. Also, your muscles become less keen to take up glucose because they want to leave it for the brain. Some people who low carb find their fasting glucose actually rises after a few months because of this effect.
    As to glucose levels - do you have diabetes? A normal fasting glucose is between 70 and 110, with 70-90 being preferred. I've seen keto people saying that blood glucose above 110 will prevent you being in ketosis. Well, according to my meters, that's a pile of poo, because I've seen 2+ on my ketone meter and 7 (126) on my glucose meter at the same time. But I have diabetes. Maybe in people without diabetes, a blood glucose above 110 only happens if they've eaten a load of carbs, and it's that which prevents ketosis rather than their glucose level per se.
    What enables ketosis is low carb intake. What prevents it is eating more carbs.... and maybe too much protein. More on the difference here:

    Being Fat Adapted Versus "In Ketosis" (Pt.1/3)
    “I got kicked out of ketosis.” If I never hear or read those six words, in that order, ever again, I’ll be one happy individual. ...

    Also be aware that, once you are fully fat adapted, your ketone levels may well fall. Richard and Carl have covered this on the podcast - you become more efficient at making enough ketones for your needs, but not too many. I'd been keto about 3 months when I got my ketone meter - my readings were always over 1.5, usually over 2. Another 4 months on, I rarely get above 1 unless I fast for 24 hours - my usual 20-30g carbs per day and 16/8 or 18/6 IF usually has me between 0.3 and 1. Just tested now - after 12+ hour fast, a keto day yesterday and 1 hour run this morning - BG 6.7 (120), ketones 0.5. BG was 6.1 (110) when I got up - exercise can raise it in the short term, but reduces it long term.

  3. Skiman

    Nope no diabetes on my end, I'm pretty active my events are bodybuilding and powerlifting, I have about 8% bf weighing around 155-160lbs, 39 years of age.
    This is what I read in today fasted.
    85 glucose and 3.3 Keytones this morning.

    Wondering what is the norm for being in ketosis and also fat adapted. I think what I've heard is that you have to be in a sweet spot of 70-80 glucose and 1.5-3.0 Keytones in order to be fat adapted.

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Dr. Lyn Patrick is one of the nations leading environmental medicine experts, and we caught up in Durango, CO, last May to discuss how our fat cells and liver take a beating when we eat non-organic foods and industrial oils. Connect with Lyn: http://environmentalhealthsymposium.com This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like weightlifters,, cyclist, keto dieters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. Get a Free Quote: http://healthiq.com/HIH If youre interested in learning dietary strategies thatll help you balance your blood sugar and burn body fat, tune into this one! Here are a few of the many highlights: - The livers role in metabolism - How toxins in our food and in cosmetics make us fat (by affecting leptin and other hormones) - How toxins affect gut health - Best foods to avoid -----------------------------------------Lets Connect-------------------------------------- Become a High Intensity Health Insider and Access Bonus Content: https://highintensityhealth.com/insider Instagram https://www.instagram.com/metabolic_mike Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MikeMutzelMS Listen to the Audio in iTunes: http://highintensityhealth.com/itunes --------------------------------------Key Takeaways---------------------------------- 01:57 Dr. Patricks Journey 03:14 What Causes Fatty Liver? Contenders for causes are high fructose corn syrup, toxicant exposure, diet/lifestyle and gut disorders. 05:15 The Two Hit Hypothesis: The first hit is fat in the liver. The liver starts importing and storing triglycerides, primarily from sugar, fructose, glucose and high carbs. 08:43 Endocrine Impact of BPA: Exposure to BPAs cause high levels of free radicals and effect our endocrine system. 10:51 It Starts With Adipose Tissue: Fatty liver used to be blamed on the liver. 11:43 Endocrine System: Men with low testosterone are more at risk for fatty liver syndrome 13:29 Fatty Liver Interventions: There are no FDA approved drugs for treating fatty liver. 14:59 Mitochondria and Your Liver: There are more mitochondria in the liver than anywhere else, due to its many labor intensive jobs. 19:28 Keto-Adapted Diet and Fatty Liver Disease: 23:00 High Fructose Corn Syrup: 31:26 Alcohol Consumption: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease 33:23 Saturated Fat and Endotoxemia: 37:26 Supplements for Liver Health: 47:36 Parting Thoughts:

#208: Keto Adaptation And The Gut Liver Axis

You are here: Home / Epigenetics / #208: Keto Adaptation and the Gut Liver Axis #208: Keto Adaptation and the Gut Liver Axis Want Early Access to Interviews and Additional Bonus Content? Become a High Intensity Health Insider and Access Bonus Content In this video, we discuss some of the science about: The relationship between low blood glucose and ketosis Sponsored Content: Learn How to Successfully Incorporate the Ketogenic Diet and Low-Carb Living Into Your Lifestyle for Fat Loss and Better Blood Sugar Balance 00:25 A ketone body is fat repackaged by your liver for energy. The two main metabolites created are beta hydroxybutyrate (BHB) and acetoacetate. When you are eating low carb, insulin levels are low. Your brain and muscle need fuel. When there is no sugar, messages are sent to the liver to make ketone metabolites. 01:47 When you are exercising or fasting, your adipose tissue releases triglycerides and free fatty acids to be repackaged as ketones. Muscle tissue likes to use acetoacetate. BHB fuels muscle contraction. Your brain requires BHB when blood sugar is low. 02:30 BHB has secondary signaling properties. BHB downregulates the NLRP3 inflammasone network, which turns o Continue reading >>

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  1. zeinmr

    Hello everyone. I am on ketogenic diet for 2 months. I am not diabetic. My body mass index is 24.7 and my health is very good. I chose the ketogenic diet because I am convinced that this is the healthiest one. But for the last week or so I start by curiosity check my blood sugar and I am really surprised. Just let me tell you I am in full keto adaptation and my blood ketones is around 2.7 as average. My glucose when fasting in the morning is 6 to 6.1 mmnol/l (108 to 110 mg/dl). I read many articles about the insulin physiological resistance but I am little suspecious. I mean high blood sugar increase the risk of cardiovascular disease whether it comes from insulin resistance or physiological insuline resistance. I am little hesitating whether to continue with this diet or return back to regular one. Anyone can help me?

  2. Leo41

    If you are concerned about blood glucose, I suggest you see a doctor for an A1C test (levels over 3 months) which is far more accurate than the fasting number.
    At the same time, my experience may help you deal with this. I am not diabetic, but my fasting numbers are typically high (low 90s--lab limit is 120), but my A1c is typically about 5.2, well within normal.
    I've read that a ketogentic diet will produce higher fasting numbers, and my endo says that this is true--which is why he goes by my A1c. I'm hypothyroid, which is why I get regular blood tests, and since all my siblings are Type 2 diabetics, my endo keeps his eye on my BG.

  3. zeinmr

    Thx Leo for reply. But high glucose increase the risk of cardiovascular disease whether your A1c is normal or not.

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